Rams 39, Red Elephants 0
Difference maker: Grayson running back Camyren Brent rushed for 120 first-half yards, including a scoring run from the 1 to go up 14-0 midway through the second quarter.
Stat that matters: The Red Elephants only rushed for 18 first-half yards, compared to 122 for the Rams.
Turning point: Grayson went up 7-0 on a 30-yard touchdown strike from Chase Brice to Cedric Asseh on a fourth and 11 play in the first quarter.
Who’s next: After a bye, Gainesville plays host to Winder-Barrow on Sept. 12 at City Park Stadium. Grayson visits Langston Hughes in Fairburn on Friday.
LOGANVILLE – Gainesville has two weeks to find some continuity on both sides of the ball before the region schedule begins. The season opener was far less than what coach Bruce Miller hoped for.
The Red Elephants allowed Class AAAAAA No. 10 Grayson to score on three of its four first-half possessions and return an interception for a score in a 39-0 loss on Friday at Britt- Moody Field in Gwinnett County.
“The thing is we didn’t play well and they (Grayson) were great,” Miller said. “Good teams can look at how they can play better and learn from it.”
A bye Friday might be just what the Red Elephants (0-1) need, before opening Region 8-AAAAA play against Winder-Barrow on Sept. 12 at City Park Stadium. The Red Elephants managed just 18 first-half rushing yards, while Grayson’s Camyren Brent picked up big chunks of yardage running with the ball.
Grayson (1-0) cranked out two passing touchdowns in the first half, behind the strong arm of sophomore quarterback Chase Brice, along with a 1-yard run midway through the opening quarter from senior running back Brent.
The Rams finished with 433 yards of total offense (233 rushing, 201 passing), while Gainesville finished with 197 yards. Red Elephants senior quarterback Mikey Gonzalez threw for 153 yards in his first start.
“Grayson just whooped us on both lines of scrimmage,” Miller said. “We’ve got to be able to go back and look at the film now and be critical of ourselves to see how we can improve.”
The Rams’ only first-half drive that ended without a score was after a fumble at the Red Elephants’ 11 on the game’s opening drive, recovered by Gainesville’s Toddrick Turner. Gainesville found it hard to move the ball, only putting up 72 first-half yards.
The Red Elephants’ biggest bright spot of the night was a 70-yard kickoff return by Turner down to the Grayson 23. The Rams got away without giving away any points after a 15-yard penalty for holding against the Red Elephants, then an interception by linebacker Denzel Wright returned to the Gainesville 41.
After a 31-yard touchdown pass from Brice to Cedric Asseh on a fourth-down play for the Rams on their second possession, Grayson followed with Brent’s 1-yard scoring run with 6:32 left in the first half to go ahead 14-0. Three plays after the score, Grayson’s Jared Hayes intercepted a Gainesville pass, returning it 40 yards for the touchdown.
Brent averaged six yards per carry in the first two quarters for the Rams (151 total yards), while Chris Byrd was Gainesville’s leader offensively with 98 yards.
In the final minute of the opening half, Grayson went down the field fast with a 30-yard reception from Asseh and 25 yards by Austin Nash, who also capped the drive with an 8-yard touchdown catch with eight seconds left in the opening half to go ahead 27-0.